Lamb, mint, courgette and feta parcels

Lamb, mint, courgette and feta parcels_67702

This recipe from Miranda Gore Browne's is lovely to grab for a snack, to pack for lunch or to make for a party. Try to find a locally-produced feta style cheese or crumbly goat’s cheese if you can.

Serves: 12


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Half a red onion, finely chopped
  • 180g lamb mince
  • A pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 100g feta-style cheese
  • 200g courgette, chopped into small pieces
  • 80g peas
  • ½ tsp fresh thyme
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • A pinch of dried mint
  • Fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp of tomato puree or sundried tomato paste
  • 2 sheets of roll-out puff pastry
  • 1 tbsp of poppy seeds
  • A little beaten egg to brush the pastry


  1. Put the oil into a frying pan with the onion and cook until softened.
  2. Add the mince and brown then add the courgettes, peas, zest and the herbs and spices and salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for about five minutes then add the tomato puree. Stir in and continue to cook.
  4. Remove from the heat and crumble in the feta-style cheese then leave to cool while you get the pastry ready.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  6. By all means make your own pastry but ready-rolled puff pastry works a treat with these and makes them much quicker to make!
  7. Unroll the pastry and sprinkle the poppy seeds on top. Press a piece of baking paper on top and then flip so the poppy seeds are underneath.
  8. Use a pastry cutter or pizza cutter (or sharp knife) to cut each sheet into six squares or oblongs.
  9. Spoon the filling onto one half of each pastry square. Wet the edges of one side with some water on your finger, fold together and press to seal with a fork.
  10. Brush generously with beaten egg and put in the preheated oven to bake for about 20 minutes or until they look flaky and golden.

Recipe courtesy of Miranda Gore Browne - a food writer, home-baking expert, director of The Kitchen School and passionate foodie. She was also a finalist on the first series of The Great British Bake Off. Miranda has written two books, Biscuit and Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can both published by EburyPress.

Last edited: 28 November 2019 at 12:23

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barbara kurstein - 07/09/2020 15:22:20

these pies are absolutely delicious. They were voted very high by my family

Jo Rector - 28/11/2019 12:31:35

Great mid-week dinner! Really tasty even if you are a bit short on the thyme/orange zest/poppy seeds front. And top tip: If you don't have an egg wash brush, a make up brush works just as well...

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